Dealing with Social Media / Smartphone Distractions

Show Notes

Do you ever feel as though you’re chronically distracted by your smartphone? Is your smartphone actually making you dumb? In this segment, Clay Clark, business coach and founder of the Thrivetime Show, gets intense about how top performers deal with the distractions created by smartphones.

FACT – The average person is now interrupted by their smartphone, 85 times per day.  

MYSTIC STATISTIC – “Is your smartphone making you dumb?” –


NOTABLE QUOTABLE – Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid?

  1. Cognitive capacity and overall brain power are significantly reduced when your smartphone is within glancing distance—even if it’s turned off and face down—according to a recent study. This new report from the University of Texas at Austin, “Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity,(link is external)” was published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research.
  2. During this study, the UT Austin researchers found that someone’s ability to hold and process data significantly improved if his or her smartphone was in another room while taking a test to gauge attentional control and cognitive processes. Participants who kept their phones in a pocket or bag also outperformed those who kept their phones on the desk while taking the same test. Again, even if the phone was turned off and face down on the desk, the mere sight of one’s own smartphone seemed to induce “brain drain” by depleting finite cognitive resources.
  3. In June 2016, another study reported that the typical smartphone owner interacts with his or her phone an average of 85 times per day. –

Remember – in order to get stuff done you have to minimize the distractions in life.

ACTION ITEM – Turn your smartphone off!

NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “I don’t think modern science has good answers here. I think that modern world is actually really bad. The modern world is full of distractions. Things like Twitter and Facebook are not making you happy. They are making you unhappy. You are essentially playing a game that’s created by the creators of those systems, and yes, it can be a useful game once in a blue moon. You are engaging in the dispute, and resentment, comparison, jealousy, anger about things that frankly just don’t matter.” – Naval Ravikant

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Audio Transcription

And now broadcasting live from the box that rocks it’s the thrive time business coach radio show the mind set on the magic trick of the heat whopper, giving it to you straight in the spring, in the back of the truck, so I can get up on the mic and speak the facts alright thrive nation. Welcome back to the thrive time show on your radio. They were talking about getting things done. It’s it’s so bizarre to me. It’s so excited I’m. A different cat I operate in a different world view, but when somebody knows what to do and then they just choose not to do it, I struggle with that idea:i, don’t i, don’t get it, and so what I decided to do is make a list of the things that I have helped my clients through over the years they said got. This was what was keeping me from implementing the proven system, so I’m going to read some of the long-term excerpt from a psychology today, article that just came out and I would like for dr. Sibley to break it down for so here we gocognitive capacity in overall brain power has significantly reduced when your smart car is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within glancing distance, even if it’s turned off and face down. According to a recent study, the average person, the average person is interrupted by their smartphone 85 times per day, 85 times per day deck assembly.

Is it shocking to you that people are struggling to get things done with her interrupted 85 times per day? No, they are on their cell phones all the time that is, there, entertainment I turn my cell phone off when I go to work that right there is a knowledge bomb that somebody I said somebody everybody needs to hear so. Jason I want to get your take on this because we’re elephant in the room you’re you a ton of customers that come in there’s a super manager. Imagine there’s a constant stream of customers coming in and someone might be running late, someone’s getting there early somebody’s going on break towels need to be folded, paraffin needs to be replaced. Product needs to be replaced. There’s a lot going on and I’ve watched as a business coach. You do it personally I’ve seen you on the camera. Do it you’re very much engaged mentally the entire day and i? Don’t think you could even do the job if you were perpetually distracted. Can you talk to you talk to the listeners out there about your typical day at elephant, the room in all of the different things that you’re trying to do at the same time as the front desk manager so case in point yesterday we saw a record 210 clients, and on top of that, not only do we have to worry about keeping the client happy giving them the services that they pay for, but my day today is I have paperwork that needs to get done right?

I have the registers that need to be checked in checked out managing a team of 10, stylus and assistant. We’ve got laundry every 30 minutes. We’ve got products to restock, so i, don’t have down time to focus on a cell phone, but it goes on to say during this study the university of texas-austin research researchers found that someone’s ability to hold and process data significantly improves with her smartphone is in another room. They going to explain that people are mentally processing life in a 3rd grade level. When their smartphone is present, people are driving cars with their smartphones. People are texting at the front desk. The other day I went to buy gas, not from a quick trip, which is a poor life decision on my business coach part, I go in there and the guy is literally on his smart phone. The entire time texting back and forth paying attention as we get back to the core idea. We want to teach during this specific edition of the thrive time show is in order to get stuff done. You got to minimize distraction to the single biggest distraction out there is that smart phone, just when you manage people get your take on this a doctor said, was taken this when you’re managing people they were seen. People pretend like you’re, not very smart,, but they are almost everyday kind of low and look down my ajc might say:hey. Could you help me with the towels yeah yeah yeah, yeah I know they just stay right there continuing to text.

Did you hear me and you got to keep reminding yourself? You show me:what’s the justification, people have when you told him to leave the cell phone in the car? What’s the justification you initially get from somebody who passed has to have her cell phone with her I might have an emergency there we go there. It is my children might call I have a knowledge bomb for anybody out there. Who has that mindset? If you are saying the reason why you need your smartphone with you all the time as you might have an emergency, your entire life will be an emergency and you will be one big burning fire, one big cluster of crazy one, big intention. You are going to the most distracted, hyperactive moron and you will fit into a category known as most business coach people. It’s unbelievable and I’m not kidding. I am not exaggerating at all. There’s a person went from the far left lane to the right lane to the left, raelynn., riley and I drive slow and I’m a not not a good driver and I’m, like is this person hammered, would like to in the afternoon right, and this person is like having a text battle with somebody and then so. I can get off the creek and I’m in line next to there’s a walmart there and I’ve had to go laugh at them to pull up next to you to see.

What’s going on, they got that massive phone, the new apple, the big one and their facebook, and everywhere they weren’t even on texting. They were like right in facebook, post liking. People what’s going on how you doing is it possible chapter? Give you manage a construction crew? Is it possible to manage a construction, crew or coach, a client to have a date with your wife or to do anything productive at all? While you have a smartphone pelting you with push notifications, it’s absolutely impossible. Those push notification we talked about it on previous shows was in the ball ramakant the people that designed and funded the social media networks. They call the hamster wheel that you can’t get off a big did this stuff on purpose to distract you until you guys don’t even use the platforms that they helped build. So it’s on purpose designed to distract you and take your attention, so you have to turn those business coach notifications off and put the phone down turn it off put it away. This is what navarre avocados says. This is a notable quotable, but the action item for you out there thrive nation, is turn your smartphone off turn it off turn your mind off being present is a present.

Being present is a present. The circle to say:go suck on. My big present is a present masters in social media, as we know what he says, I don’t think. Modern science has good answers here. I think the modern world is actually really bad. The modern world is full of distractions. Things like twitter and facebook are not making you happy. They are making you unhappy. You are since you’re playing a game, that’s created by the creators of which he was one of the systems, and yes, it can be a useful game once in a blue moon, you are engaging in the dispute and the resentment comparison jealousy anger about things that, frankly, just don’t matter coming out there today and you said:i want to get something business coach done. I want to get more done action item, for you get off your smartphone to say no to the smartphone and say yes to proactive account and go to hood cpas. Calm during the break once again, you’re looking for a proactive account, good hood, cpas. Calm during the breaks day, 2 try to consume. Stop now. I can conclude that you have what it takes. If you want you to wear today is your day and now is your time


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